Sam George wants the National Communications Authority (NCA) to start clamping down on the telecommunications companies for looking on for the SIM re-registration fraud to thrive on their networks.
The Ningo Prampram Member of Parliament who has been criticising the SIM re-registration exercise since its commencement due to the adopted procedure says breaching the bio-data safety of citizens is an issue so serious that shouldn’t be ignored.
Whilst calling for the shutdown of the NCA itself on one breath, the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Communications Committee wants the Authority to clamp down on the telcos for fostering the perpetuation of such fraud on their network.
According to him, the basis (Ghana card) of the exercise itself is fraudulent and weak, the reason it should not be the foundation of anything in the country.
The MP who was speaking on Ghana Tonight with Alfred Ocansey on TV3 Tuesday, April 11, 2023 said the data protection act specifies compensation for persons whose data have been breached and the NCA must act accordingly.
“You can’t build on the foundation of fraud. This foundation is weak, it is failing and so anything you try to build on this foundation cannot stand. Because you’ll begin to have police going to people who are innocent, whose data have been stolen.
“I will expect the ministry to immediately put out a statement asking citizens to go and check to be sure if there has been a breach of their personal data and the civil remedies that are available in terms of compensation to any Ghanaian whose data has been manhandled on the instruction of the ministry,” he stated.
“…And the telcos, the NCA must be clamping down on the telcos” explaining that, a friend if his went to check his Ghana card and realised his data has been used to register other SIM cards he had no knowledge of. Such a person he questioned the NCA “what remedy exist under the Data Protection Act for him? How is he going to be compensated for the blatant stealing of his data?”